On Wednesday afternoon, news leaked out about the Green Bay Packers signing Ricky Jean Francois, whom they had cut a week earlier, to help bolster the depth on the defensive line with Mike Daniels injury. However, no matching roster move was reported in order to make a roster spot for Jean Francois.
Thursday afternoon came, however, and the team announced Jean Francois’ signing along with the corresponding move. The Packers have elected to free up a roster spot by placing offensive tackle Jason Spriggs on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. That injury has kept him out since week one against the Seahawks, when he was active and was the backup to starters David Bakhtiari and Kyle Murphy.
Spriggs may be eligible to return this season, but he has been passed over on the depth chart by Murphy, who was drafted four rounds later than Spriggs in the 2016 NFL Draft. Still, Spriggs would have likely been a starter in week two had he been healthy, as he would have been a preferable option to starting Justin McCray, a first-year player who had not played tackle since a few snaps in practice in college back in 2011. Spriggs will be eligible to return after eight weeks on IR, potentially putting him in line to rejoin the roster in week 11.
For week three, the Packers’ tackle situation is still up in the air. Left tackle David Bakhtiari has not practiced this week with a hamstring injury of his own, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga was downgraded from a full participant in Wednesday’s practice to limited on Thursday. However, this may simply be a result of the Packers being cautious with his return from an ankle injury. If those two cannot play, Murphy and McCray would be the starters once again when the Packers play the Bengals on Sunday afternoon.